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Donders Open Day 2022

Sept 2022: Come and visit the Donders Open Day! On the 1st and 2nd of October we will open up to families, neighbours and everyone else who is curious about the Donders Institute in the weekend of Science. Our research group will also be present to perform a live experiment on creativity and ADHD. The day will start at 11 a.m. and will last until approximately 4 p.m. It is not necessary to sign up.  Check out more here.

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We won the Open Science Award 2022

Sept 2022: We, Lessa Schippers, Lisa Horstman, Jeanette Mostert, Corina Greven , Janneke Zinkstok from the Radboudumc, and Hans van de Velde and Rob Pereira from Impuls & Woortblind won the Dutch Open Science Award 2022 at the Open Science Festival at the VU in Amsterdam. The award was presented by the Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Science, Robbert Dijkgraaf. We won the award for our collaborative project on positive aspects of ADHD. This project was a co-creation between the Radboudumc and Impuls & Woortblind from the start of the project until the end of the project.

It was a very festive event with a lot of positive vibes. We all felt it was very excited to be there and to engage in open science. We were inspired by the work done by others and intend to use the prize money for a gathering to make new collaborative plans!

If you want to see more from the festival, the plenary sessions can be viewed here.

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Keynote lecture for Martine at the Australian ADHD Professionals Association Annual Conference 2022

July 2022:

Australian ADHD Professionals Association

July 2022: Martine presented her work on positive aspects in ADHD at the Australian ADHD Professionals Association Annual Conference 2022 in Sydney (Virtual). The members of the AADPA come from a range of fields including academia, clinical practice (psychiatry, paediatrics, psychology), coaching, education and allied healthcare.  The 2022 hybrid conference, “ADHD Coming of Age” was attended by the largest gathering of ADHD professionals in Australia working together to create better life outcomes for individuals with ADHD and their families.

I had the pleasure to visit Australia twice already, but not this time. I did the talk virtually. This means missing out the opportunity to interact with the audience but does save a lot of travel miles! So I guess I would have to do with the Waalbrug in Nijmegen instead of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, but who can tell the difference anyway 😉” Martine

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Lessa successfully defended her masters thesis

July 2022: Today cognitive neuroscience master student Lessa Schippers presented her research project for the master internship. She investigated, using quantitative methods, the relationship between self-reported positive aspects of ADHD and ADHD traits in the general population. The data that she collected showed that people with many ADHD symptoms also experience more hyperfocus, sensory processing sensitivity and cognitive flexibility. Learning more about positive aspects of ADHD might benefit self-esteem and coping with the dificulties associated with ADHD. Lessa’s work is of high quality: She can be very proud of her accomplishments! Lessa, Martine Hoogman, and Corina Greven, will together prepare the manuscript for submission to a scientific journal. We are happy that she will stay on as a research assistant in our lab for a few more months.

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Article on ADHD and ASD symptoms in relation to creativity accepted for publication

July 2022: Proud to share our article on creativity and ADHD and ASD symptoms. We show (again) that having more ADHD symptoms is associated with a higher performance on divergent thinking. People with ADHD and people without a diagnosis, but with many ADHD symptoms, are good at finding alternative uses for a known item/product, a very useful skill in current times where we have to think about alternative ways to use energy, housing, living space etc. Many thanks to Marije Stolte (UU), Victoria Trindade Pons (UMCG), Priscilla Vlaming (RUMC), Babette Jakobi (RUMC), Barbara Franke (RUMC), Evelyn Kroesbergen (RU), Matthijs Baas (UvA) and ofcourse NWO-Veni and ZonMW.


NWA-wecom grant for our ADHDplaza project

June 2022: This week we heard that the ADHDplaza project, initiated and set up by Martine Hoogman and Jeanette Mostert, was awarded the NWA science communication grant (50k) from the Netherlands organisation for scientific research (NWO). We are very happy with this news!

About the project

Martine Hoogman and Jeanette Mostert (departments of Psychiatry and Human Genetics, Radboud University Medical Center) have obtained an NWA science communication grant (50k) for their ADHDplaza project. Pilot data indicated that knowledge about ADHD in youngsters is limited, but the need for information about ADHD is high in this group. To inform adolescents about ADHD, Martine and Jeanette have set up a consortium of Dutch ADHD experts and collaborated with the Dutch organization for people with ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia Impuls & Woortblind. In their project, PhD students will visit middle schools to bring information about ADHD, but also to collect information about what they want to know and learn about ADHD. The expertise that is present within the consortium is used to answer those questions in an attractive manner, and will be posted on the ADHDplaza platform. This way the information will become available for all (young) people in the Netherlands. This project is also aimed at training science communication skills in young researchers in the ADHD field, a valuable quality that they can add to their CVs. More information will become available soon on

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We welcome Han Fang as a new PhD student in our group

June 2022: Han Fang is joining our lab from September 2022 onwards, for a 4 year PhD project. She was successful in obtaining a Chinese Scholarship Counsel Fellowship and will work on a project that continues where the NWO veni project on ADHD and creativity ended. This project is entitled’ ADHD and creativity: a deeper understanding of one of ADHD’s strengths. Warm welcome Han!

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Students Nam, Feline and Rowen are starting their projects in our lab

June 2022:

Nam Phuong Le is a first year master student Medical Biology, Radboud University. She will join our lab to write a review article on the topic of strengths in ADHD and ASD.

Feline van Agten is a Cognitive Neuroscience master student from the Radboud University. She will join our lab from September 2022 until Juli 2023 and will work on a project that is looking into neuroimaging, creativity and ADHD.

Rowen Riezenbos is a student Medicine. For her bachelor internship she will join our lab for 3 months, starting in September 2022. This internship is about learning the basics of scientific research. Her project is on ADHD, creativity and schoolperformance in adolescents (picture will be added).

Nam, Feline and Rowen, we hope you will have a good time with us, and learn a lot!

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Crowd funding research positive aspects ADHD

Wereldwijd heeft 5-7 % van de kinderen een ADHD diagnose en in ongeveer 50 % van deze kinderen is er nog steeds sprake van een diagnose in volwassenheid. We weten al veel over ADHD, maar dan met name over de problemen die gepaard gaan met ADHD. Maar er zijn ook positieve kanten:

Wist je dat mensen met ADHD hoger scoren op creativiteit? Voornamelijk op divergent denken: dat is denken buiten de gebaande paden, zoals het bedenken van alternatieve gebruiken voor bestaande voorwerpen. Dit is een hele waardevolle eigenschap, denk bijvoorbeeld aan de klimaat crisis waarbij we heel erg gebaat zijn bij ideeën over het anders gebruiken van het land, consumptie, energie etc.

Een andere illustratie: Wij verwachten dat onder de mensen die recentelijk zijn gaan helpen in Oekraïne, veel mensen met ADHD zijn. Waarom? Om dat de eigenschappen ‘behulpzaam’, ‘impulsief’ en ‘sociaal’ in verband zijn gebracht met ADHD. Helaas wordt er in de wetenschap nog maar weinig aandacht besteed aan deze positieve kanten van ADHD. Onze onderzoeksgroep wil daar verandering in brengen.

Wij zijn er van overtuigd dat onderzoek op dit gebied een bijdrage gaat leveren aan een completer plaatje van ADHD (zowel de positieve als negatieve kanten). Het zal ook een bijdrage leveren aan het optimaliseren van het begeleiden van kinderen op school, en zal er voor zorgen dat volwassenen met ADHD een passende baan kunnen vinden, eentje waar zij kun positieve kanten kunnen inzetten.

Onze onderzoeksgroep is op dit moment al bezig met projecten die de positieve kanten van ADHD en ook autisme onderzoeken. Helaas is dit onderzoeksveld nog jong en moeten we eerst een solide basis leggen om in aanmerking te komen voor grote (en zeer competitieve) wetenschappelijke subsidies. Daarom vragen we uw hulp! We hebben start-up donaties nodig om de eerste belangrijke stappen te zetten in dit onderzoekveld. De donaties die worden ingezameld, zullen gebruikt worden voor het uitvoeren van onderzoek en voor publicatie van dat onderzoek. Ook zullen we onze tijd inzetten om de bevindingen en aanbevelingen te delen via vakbladen, aan medici, aan het onderwijs en tenslotte ook aan collega wetenschappers in de rest van de wereld.

We hopen dat we op uw steun kunnen rekenen!

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Honours students visiting our lab

April 2022: The past 4 weeks we had 3 honours students visiting our lab. Honours students get the chance to visit, and be part of various Radboud research themes to get a broad view of the research that is ongoing. This time they visited our research theme ‘neurodevelopmental disorders‘ and were part of our lab. They learned about qualitative versus quantitative research, and about the value of researching positive aspects of ADHD. They collaborated with us on the participatory research that we performed in collaboration with Impuls & Woortblind. At the end of the 4 weeks they presented, with other honours students, their project, and explained what they had learned in the weeks that they were with us. We were very proud of their learning curve and their performance during the final presentation. Well done Jilke, Jeremy and Daniel!

Honours students present their project
Honours students visiting our lab, part of the neurodevelopmental research theme of the Radboudumc.